Here is what 2 of our student couples have done, it is a great feeling to be able to help them achieve their dreams;
From Michael and Rebecca,
Harold: just a quick note from some former students, Michael L and Rebecca K. We did our final two bareboat cert. courses through Island Dreamer back in 2011/12. Crazy Chuck Koucky was our captain. Anyway, not six months after we got our certifications we chartered a 37ft. Hanse in the Dodecanese Islands of Greece and sailed for 2 weeks between Kos and Patmos. We took a captain for 4 days, it being our first charter, and we were glad we did. Right out of Kos Harbor the winds were blowing 30 knots and the seas were 7 to 8ft.. Nothing we ever encountered in blissful Biscayne Bay. Anyway, it was a huge learning experience, along with figuring out Mediterranean docking, something we became quite proficient at. We followed that charter with a 2 week charter in the Grenadines, sailing from St. Vincent to Grenada and back. again, we took a captain for several days and, again, were glad we did, as we quickly learned how to reduce sail when a squall hits, and I mean “reduce” sail at your peril. So now, we are headed back to greece to sail a 39 Oceanis for 2 weeks in the Cyclades. It’s been a great experience and each one has taught us a tremendous amount about sailing. Anyway, just wanted to let you know you’ve given birth to a couple of Boat Heads. Say hi to Chuck for us and tell him our sailing lessons have been put to good use and we’ll never forget that night at Cape Sable. Take care, Michael L, Coconut Grove.
From Tim and Sharon,
Good morning Harold and Margie. I just wanted to drop a little note to tell you that Sharon and I are finally going for it. We will be moving aboard our new home – “Temptress”, a 1984 Moorings Morgan 50 – in our beloved Virgin Islands this January. As you might remember, we were heavily contemplating our current “life” and what it’s all about when we sailed with you. 2014 turned out to be brutal for loss of friends and family to cancer far before their time. This combined with an opportunity that seemingly came out of nowhere was the push it took for us to make the move. It’s time to stop letting life pass us by and to start living it.
We are excited and terrified all at the same time. Selling our possessions and preparing for the move is an emotional and scary transition, full of uncertainty. One thing is certain though, I feel we chose the right school with you and I have no regrets for that. You made Sharon believe we could do this and made her comfortable throughout our ASA coursework.
When we departed Island Dreamer, we wrote in a thank you card that one day we hoped to send you a picture taken from the bow of our boat in the Caribbean. I’m excited to say that day is soon coming. We launch Temptress this November and our final move comes in the first week of January. 2015 will be the first chapter of our new life.